new format, 36 teams and 8-date mini-tournament

To take into account: the reform benefits the major leagues, since four additional places will be allocated: two for the two best European nations of the previous season, which can be used to rescue some great club that does not have a good season in its place.

The other two will go to a third club ranked for the fifth country in the index UEFAat the moment Franceand finally, a place will be awarded to a national champion, expanding from four to five the number of clubs that qualify through the so-called “Champions Route”, according to UEFA.

This reform, the most radical for twenty years, was decided a year after the storm of the Super League europeanthat short-lived private competition project launched by several mutinous clubs, including the Real Madrid and the Liverpoolwho will face each other on May 28 in the final of Champions League.

“We are convinced that the chosen formula is harmonious, that it will improve the balance of the competitions and ensure solid income that can be redistributed (…), also increasing the attractiveness and popularity of our inter-club competitions”congratulated the president of the UEFA, Alexander Ceferinquoted in a statement.

The powerful European Club Association (ECA) greetings “the increase from 96 to 108 participating clubs” in the three European competitions, “with a minimum of 37 national championships” represented from the 55 member federations of the UEFA.

Extending the first phase, the objective is to satisfy both diffusers, with 189 games total, instead of the 125 currently or the 225 of the initial project. Clubs will have higher ticket revenues, even in case of early elimination, and viewers with attractive matches from the start.

Two aspects raised questions, in a European football with an already saturated calendar and with precarious economic balances.

First, the number of days of the mini-championship, initially set at ten, but has finally been reduced to eight, and then the attribution of two of the four additional teams taking into account the coefficient UEFAa proposal that favors the big clubs.

“From a calendar point of view, the red line has probably been crossed for years”highlighted the general secretary of the soccer players’ union FIFProadding that the number of parties should not have been increased.

The UEFA yielded to one of the demands of the leagues and the fans: to access the Champions League thanks to its sporting merits, with two additional places for the best unclassified teams from the previous season, and not directly classifying the so-called historic clubs, regardless of their results.

The first eight teams at the end of the first phase will qualify for the round of 16, while those who occupy positions from 9 to 24 will go through a play-off with the knockout format with round-trip matches.

The UEFA also decided that, with the exception of the final, all matches will continue to be played in the middle of the week and in a round-trip format, ruling out the option of a “Final Four” as intended Ceferin.

The Europa League and the Europa Conference League have also been reformed, with a format similar to that of the new Champions.

If some had criticized the reform, accusing the UEFA If you want to modify a consolidated formula, the expected increase in television income should serve to convince those who are reluctant.

At the beginning of 2022, the television rights for European club competitions were awarded by 5,000 million euros (5,268 million dollars) annual for the period 2024-2027, which is 50% more compared to the 2018-2019 season.

“No decision has been made yet” Regarding the distribution of the new income, which will be studied later, he specified this Tuesday at a press conference Giorgio Marchettigeneral secretary of the UEFA.